On Friday, the first game of the day features the 4th seeded Iowa State Cyclones and the top seeded Virginia Cavaliers. This game will be played in Chicago, with the winner getting the winner of the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Syracuse Orange. Iowa State finished fifth in the Big 12 this season, and are coming into this game with a 23-11 record. The Cyclones have NCAA tournament wins over Iona and Arkansas Little Rock. For Virginia, they are 28-8 on the season. They finished second in the regular season and conference tournament out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers beat Hampton and Butler in the NCAA tournament thus far. Virginia goes in as favorites in the odds and lines for the Sweet 16.
Sweet 16 Betting Prediction on Virginia vs Iowa State and Game Info
Why Bet on Virginia
The Virginia Cavaliers, led by head coach Tony Bennett are a very well rounded basketball team. The Cavaliers have a great offensive player in Malcolm Brogdon, and a really strong defense. Brogdon is scoring more than 18 points per game, while the Cavaliers are holding opponents to just just 59.7 points per game. Virginia’s last three losses on the season were to teams still playing in the NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers fell to North Carolina, Duke and Miami. Virginia is currently ranked 4th in the latest Associated Press Top 25.
Why Bet on Iowa State
The Iowa State Cyclones, led by first year head coach Steve Prohm is a wildly athletic basketball team. Their offense can score, but they become a wild card on the defensive side of the ball. The Cyclones are led by their forward Georges Niang, with 19.8 points per game. Monte Morris is also putting together a nice statistical season, with 13.9 points per game, and just shy of 7 assists per game. The Cyclones are scoring 81.8 points per game, but allowing teams to score 75 per game. Iowa State scored 94 and 78 in their first two tournament games.
Expert Betting Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Virginia Cavaliers are a tough team to play, especially if you do not play defense. The Iowa State Cyclones have not been a great defensive team, which could cause problems in this game. Virginia loves their route to the Final Four, with the loss of Michigan State in their bracket. Look for this game to stay close for awhile, but in the end, Virginia will just wear the Cyclones down. Bet on the Virginia Cavaliers – 5.5 over the Iowa State Cyclones, and head to the Elite 8 on Sunday. Final score prediction for this game is Virginia 82 and Iowa State 71.